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Agri-business Grows With Hot-Dip Galvanizing


Steel is one of the most commonly used materials in agriculture. It is strong, versatile and economical. Consequently it is used for a variety of different applications from fences and gates to building frames, feeding barriers and appliances, water troughs, irrigation systems, light poles, trailers and more. However, steel must be protected or it will rust. Rust costs the agricultural industry many millions of dollars every year.

Farmers need an economical, long lasting method of steel protection. It has to be tough, safe to use with animals and crops and require little maintenance. Hot dip galvanizing meets all these needs.

Galvanizing provides the smart farmer and agri-business with substantial cost savings. Hot-dip galvanizing is widely accepted as one of the best means of corrosion prevention. A standard hot dip galvanized coating on fabricated steelwork, i.e. building frame, gate or appliance, gives a typical life without maintenance of 50+ years in a rural environment. A paint coating could need remedial work three or four times before the galvanizing needs any attention.

By minimizing the time and expense involved in maintenance and repair, galvanizing keeps farms and agri-businesses more productive and profitable.

The Coating

Agricultural steelwork has been protected by hot dip galvanizing for more than one hundred years. The hot dip galvanizing process consists of dipping the steelwork, after it has been chemically cleaned, in a bath of molten zinc. The zinc reacts with the steel to form alloys that are metallurgically bonded to it. Upon withdrawal from the galvanizing bath, a layer of pure zinc covers the alloy layers. The coating has unique resistance to damage. The outer layer of pure zinc cushions impact, while the zinc-iron layers beneath, which are harder than steel, provide abrasion resistance.

Low Cost, Long Life, and Sustainability

Low initial cost and long, maintenance-free life mean hot dip galvanizing offers the best possible return on investment in steel structures and agricultural equipment. A standard hot dip galvanized coating on fabricated steelwork will last for decades without maintenance.

By contrast, it has been estimated that with paint, for every dollar spent on the initial investment, another dollar is spent on repairs and maintenance. Specifying hot dip galvanized steel will reduce maintenance bills and the time involved in maintenance.

You can get another major plus, completely free - a more sustainable steel structure. Recent studies have shown that galvanizing is a far more sustainable solution for corrosion protection when compared to other systems.

To learn more about galvanizing for your next agricultural project or product, contact David Prior at Galvan Industries today.


About Galvan Industries, Inc.


Since 1958, Galvan Industries has provided the ultimate in corrosion control to steel fabricators and manufacturers. The first hot-dip galvanizing operation in the Carolinas, the company has grown to become the largest capacity contract galvanizer in the Southeast.

For details, or to place an order, call Galvan Industries at 1-800-277-5678, Fax (704) 455-5215;

e-mail: sales@galvan-ize.com.



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Harrisburg, North Carolina 28075 • 704.455.5102 • Fax: 704.455.5215
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